‘Section 230 and Twitter’

“Section 230 of the ironically-named 1996 ‘Communications Decency Act’ provides that: ‘No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider’ (47 USC § 230). What this means is that, whereas the New York Times is liable in tort if it publishes a letter that defames you or intentionally causes you emotional distress, if the exact same statement appears on Twitter, Twitter is not liable, only the author of the letter is. (The author of the letter is liable in both contexts, of course) …” (more)

[Leiter Reports, 29 May]

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